Combining disparate elements of electronics (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson), clarinet (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir) and Jófríður Ákadóttir’s haunting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting chant-like vocals – the lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems. The effect is simultaneously ancient and modern – an ethereal sound filled with dark spaces and alien atmosphere.
Formed in 2011 in Reykjavik, within months Samaris had won both the Icelandic Músíktilraunir (past winners include the likes of Of Monsters and Men) and Kraumur Award. The groups’ performance at Iceland Airwaves in 2012, attracted the attention of Line Of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound and One Little Indian amongst many others.
The UK release last July of the groups’ two Icelandic EPs as the eponymous Samaris sparked widespread interest, Dazed & Confused proffering an Einar Orn sponsored feature while glowing reviews appeared everywhere from NME to the FT.
Young Icelandic trio have readied their debut album ‘Silkidrangar’ for release via One Little Indian on May 5th.
November 6, 2014 5:45 pm þþ – Kaffibarinn – Thursday
November 6, 2014 11:10 pm Reykjavík Art Museum – Thursday
November 7, 2014 5:00 pm þþ – Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel – Friday
November 8, 2014 8:40 pm Harpa Silfurberg – Saturday